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Burst pipe damages Islanders' workout room

It's no secret that the Islanders' antiquated facility is in a state of disrepair, but a burst pipe at Nassau Coliseum threatened to impede their game-day routine.

The pipe burst in the Islanders' workout room Saturday while the team was at Madison Square Garden. Some of the equipment was removed, the damage was repaired and the Islanders were allowed to proceed with their usual pregame routine the next day.

Six bikes were removed and a sanitation crew was brought in Sunday morning before players resumed activity in the facility, according to vice president of operations and events Tim Beach.

Beach said burst pipes and the resulting water damage has been an issue at the Coliseum at least twice a year for the past five years.

"It's in need of better upkeep,'' Beach said of the Coliseum. "The building isn't in need of occasional TLC, it's in need of TLC every working day. The older it gets, the more maintenance it needs.''


Okposo goal: Whew!

Although Kyle Okposo did not score in last night's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia, coach Scott Gordon said he sensed that Okposo's overtime goal against the Rangers on Saturday night will serve as a huge relief to the 21-year-old winger.

The goal was Okposo's first in 19 games. "It's huge,'' Gordon said. "When you don't score, you just wonder when that next goal is going to come. And the longer it goes, the worse you feel.''

Gordon said the only advice he gave Okposo during that period was to avoid getting away from the other things in his game that have made him successful. "And to his credit,'' Gordon said, "he didn't.''

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